Gratitude Journal.

Gratitude means realizing that right now I have more of what really matters than ever before, no matter how difficult this moment might be.Transform your fear and confusion to peace, happiness, and gratitude by filling it with Real Love.

You will then experience a new level of gratitude, realizing that you have enough.

Gratitude journaling is the habit of recording and reflecting on things that you are grateful for on a regular basis. In essence, you are rewiring your brain to focus more on the positive aspects of your life and build up resilience against negative situations. Keeping a gratitude journal is a popular practice in positive psychology - the scientific study of happiness. It’s commonly also referred to as “counting your blessings.

Gratitude journals come in all shapes and sizes.

The physical format of your gratitude journal is not nearly as important as how you use it. Some people prefer to create a bullet-style journal with short entries, while others enjoy diving into their thoughts with longer posts.

Tips for keeping a gratitude journal.

Gratitude seems like a simple enough concept, right? You can probably think of a few things right now: your family, your friends, health… that’s three, easy!

  • Enjoy the little things - Specifics are what make your gratitude journal unique and full of little surprises. Writing “amazing friends” may miss most of the emotion compared to “Amy stopped by this afternoon with iced tea and scones.”

  • Avoid repetition - Ok, your significant other really is amazing, but you don’t want their name to be the only thing in your journal. Mix it up with different domains of life, e.g. work, relationships, or health. This can keep the practice “fresh” and extend the effectiveness of gratitude journaling.

  • Mention specific people and places - Along the lines of avoiding repetition, citing specific people and places will help prevent your posts from feeling stale. You’ll also be learning more about who and what affects your happiness.

  • Don’t sweat the bad days - Everyone has bad, awful days where nothing went your way. Gratitude journaling can be most important on the most difficult days - try to push aside the negativity and go simple.

  • Flex your “writer” muscles - Have some fun with your posts! Throw in some extra adjectives, try to describe the way the fall air tasted, and explore details you normally wouldn’t. It’s rare to find opportunities to write, and what could be better than your private journal?

  • Make it a habit - It’s generally suggested that you try writing in a gratitude journal at night before bed. Setting a reminder or pairing it with another habit (brushing your teeth, meditating) will make it easier to be consistent.

  • Mention surprises - Not every day will have these, but reflecting on surprises is a useful way to avoid repetition and really savor your best days.

Remember your Journal is specific to you & your life. You can have a basic journal (check out our free download) or you can buy from online stores like ETSY & Amazon. If you have time i would personally recommend creating your own journal and adding some personalised stickers, glitter & sparkle. I really hope you enjoy this activity, feel free to share your journey with me on facebook & Instagram. 

Love & Light 

Siobhan Fletcher

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